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Coveted teaching awards presented to MIT Sloan faculty

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 1 month and 19 days ago

As well-respected experts throughout the world, MIT Sloan faculty are certainly used to getting awards and accolades for their achievements. However, many will admit that among the most coveted are the MIT Sloan Excellence in Teaching Awards, given to honor educational innovation and excellence.

This year, the 2016-2017 Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching was presented to Sinan Aral, the David Austin Professor of Management and a Professor of Information Technology and Marketing at MIT Sloan School of Management. Aral teaches in the popular Digital Marketing and Social Media Analytics program at MIT Sloan executive Education. His research focuses on social contagion, product virality and measuring, and managing how information diffusion in massive social networks such as Twitter and Facebook affects information worker productivity, consumer demand, and viral marketing.

Funded by MIT Alumnus J. Burgess Jamieson, SB '52, and his wife, Libby J. Burgess, the Jamieson Prize was established in 2006 to honor faculty contributions to educational innovation and excellence. Simon Johnson, the Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship at the School, also received the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

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What makes MIT Sloan's Advanced Management Program different? Ask Joe Hartz.

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 3 months and 22 days ago

If you're a senior executive seeking improved performance and confidence at managing organizations, then you may be exploring advanced management programs (AMPs). Why select MIT?

In 2016, Joe Hartz, then COO (now CEO) of UGI Energy Services, asked himself the same question. In pursuit of an exceptional advanced management program that would meet his needs and fit his schedule, he narrowed his choices to Columbia, Wharton, and MIT. "I felt that MIT was the most comprehensive offering in the time period that fit my schedule best," says Hartz.

Hartz was part of a succession plan for his company and preparing for the role of CEO at the time he began his AMP search. His executive management team thought it would be good for him to spend a few weeks away from the office to think about new trends in businesses and get an up-to-date, holistic, executive learning experience.

Smaller class size leads to big payoffs

When Hartz arrived at MIT, he realized that while several other participants were in similar transitions, each member of the cohort was unique, and that the class size was small and highly selective. "We were 20 extremely different people," said Hartz. "There were only a couple of Americans in the class. I met folks from different parts of the world, from different businesses and roles--it was a very diverse and talented group. That setting was an incredible experience for me."

The selective cohort of international participants is a differentiating factor for MIT Sloan's Advanced Management Program. Each year, AMP is limited to 35 participants and is often smaller, as it was for Hartz's 2016 program. This smaller size promotes interaction between faculty and participants and enables great collaboration and rapport to develop over the span of the month-long program. "Our conversations--both in the classroom and over beers after class--were extremely thought provoking." Says Hartz.

Seasoned executives hail from around the world, with the majority traveling from Europe, Asia, and South America. Also due in part to the small size of the group, participants develop meaningful friendships--and even successful business partnerships--with their global peers.

"On the weekends during the program, we stuck together. We went sailing, we took the catamaran to Cape Cod one Sunday. We had some long walks around Boston, and we did the museum tours," said Hartz.

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Open House attendees learn about executive programs -- and systems thinking

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 4 months and 20 days ago

In an effort to learn about the education opportunities at MIT, more than 75 professionals in the Greater Boston area attended a complimentary Open House in February, which was jointly hosted by MIT Sloan Executive Education, MIT Executive MBA, MIT Sloan Fellows Program, and MIT Professional Education.

"The event provided information on the wide range of educational solutions now available to help develop the business knowledge, leadership skills, and technical abilities needed to remain competitive in today's fast-moving economy," said Associate Dean of Executive Education Peter Hirst.

Attendees of the open house heard alumni speak about their MIT experience and its impact on their careers. "In MIT Sloan's executive programs, I learned how to become a better communicator and developed leadership and organizational skills that enabled me to excel and effect meaningful change within my organization," said Sidita Hasi, a Regional Leader for FedEx Trade Networks and a recent recipient of an MIT Sloan Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership. "[Ongoing education] is no longer a luxury, but a strategic imperative that can significantly increase your chances of success in the workforce."

Improving organizational performance with systems thinking

In addition to learning about these programs, attendees also had the opportunity to learn about a discipline that is a cornerstone of MIT's management approach: systems thinking. MIT Sloan Professor Nelson Repenning spoke about the critical role of systems thinking in organizations, including how to adapt individual mindsets and structures to improve organizational performance and produce meaningful change. During his comments, he explained how people create technologies, which, in turn, define our world and strongly shape who we are, as well as how we are conditioned by these technologies and how the choices we make define future technologies. You can watch a recording of his talk here.

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An interview with MIT Sloan ACE holder Mia Hemmi

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 5 months and 18 days ago

MIT Sloan ACE holder Mia Hemmi

Mia Hemmi is an Account Director at Hakuhodo Inc, an integrated advertising and communication agency headquartered in Japan. She earned an Advanced Certificate for Executives in Management, Innovation & Technology (ACE) from MIT Sloan in 2016.

Where are you from, and what brought you to the US?
I am from Tokyo, Japan. My husband had relocated himself to participate in a program at Harvard starting in July (2016). At the time, I had been on a childcare leave, so I decided to join him in Cambridge to commit to an academic adventure.

Can you tell us a little bit about your professional experience and your role at Hakuhodo?
Hakuhodo is one of the largest advertising/marketing communications agencies in Japan. Our mission is to "Invent the Future" in partnership with our thousands of clients from governmental organizations to companies of countless industries, including media, to create new values and movements through branding work based on our "Sei-katsu-sha" (a Japanese expression of a holistic person--an individual with a lifestyle, aspirations and dreams, in contrast to "consumer") insight. Long story short, we do practically anything that relates to "communication," to leverage the value of ideas, products, and services at all business levels.

2017 will be my twentieth year at the Hakuhodo DY Group, and I have been in the Account Services Department (aka Client Services/Sales) through my entire career. We work as "producers" in the front-line as strategic consultants to clients, managing and facilitating all projects as leaders by aligning key staffs internally (market research, events/promotions, PR, creative, media, selected depending on project) and teaming with third-party potential supporters to provide the best solutions to clients. My clients are of industries including foods/beverages, retailers, airlines, online services, government, sport event organizers, etc., which all operate as global brands or international entities, so the work constantly requires the understanding of the global markets of the respective industries. Aside from the general domestic services, my forte has been in the Business Development area analyzing cross-cultural opportunities, supporting Japanese clients to build businesses in foreign markets, and foreign companies that build businesses in Japan. The experience has led me to examine the managerial and operational side of the businesses, and I have been fortunate to be able to participate in projects of multiples of industries at the hands-on level. I must say I was a total workaholic working 24/7, with business travels abroad two-thirds of the year, until my son was born.

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An Open House that opens doors: Learn more about MIT's Executive and Professional Programs

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 6 months and 1 day ago

If you've ever thought about pursuing some type of advanced education, the beginning of a new year is a great time to pursue it. To help you get started, MIT is hosting a complimentary Open House for professionals in the Greater Boston area on February 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST. Attendees can explore the various programs offered to technical professionals and business leaders.

In addition to having an opportunity to mingle with program representatives and alumni, the Open House will give attendees a chance to hear from renowned MIT Sloan Professor Nelson Repenning. In his presentation, Repenning plans to give some insight into the foundations of systems thinking--a discipline that is core to MIT's management approach--including thoughts about:

  • Structure generates behavior: Context plays a significant role in determining how people behave.
  • Mental models matter: It is not enough to change a system’s physical structure.
  • Systems Thinking does not come naturally: Our first instinct is to blame people instead of systems.
  • System Dynamics Model of Continuous Improvement: Well-intentioned leaders often fall into a "capability trap" when pressured to deliver faster growth and higher earnings, inadvertently undermining essential capabilities needed for success.

Attendees also will have an opportunity to learn more about the individual programs from the departments that are jointly sponsoring the event.

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Calling all Boston-area professionals: The Greater Boston Executive Program

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 7 months and 2 days ago

If you're a Boston-area professional seeking to make a big impact on your organization and your career, here is your chance. This spring, MIT Sloan Executive Education offers an eight-week intensive program designed for high-potential professionals interested in enhancing their management skills, leadership capabilities, and ability to manifest change.

The popular Greater Boston Executive Program (GBEP) was developed nearly six decades ago in response to the unique management development needs of Boston-area companies. These firms recognized that continuing education in management principles was essential for developing managers who could assume additional responsibilities in their organizations. They wanted to expose their people to current thinking in management philosophy--without taking them away from work for long periods.

With the help of MIT's then president Howard W. Johnson, the sponsoring Greater Boston companies set up the first session of the Greater Boston Executive Program in Business Management in the spring of 1958. From the beginning, participating companies have contributed to the success of the program by their selection of managers, vice presidents, assistant treasurers, controllers, and senior research personnel to attend.

After a one-year hiatus in 2015, the Greater Boston Executive Program was updated and relaunched as part of the MIT Sloan Executive Education portfolio.

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Binge on business insights--MIT Sloan Executive Education 2016 webinars

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 7 months and 5 days ago

If you missed any of our webinars in 2016, we have good news--you can access all the complimentary recordings in our webinar library. Jump right in and explore the latest research and innovations from MIT Sloan faculty.

Leading in a World of Uncertainty, with Deborah Ancona
Learn MIT's unique approach to executive leadership that will help you make your organization knowledge-driven and truly innovative.

The Dynamics of Climate Change—From the Political to the Personal, with John Sterman
Take a tour of C-ROADS—cutting-edge simulation software developed at MIT and used by political leaders and businesses around the world to explore the dynamics and projected impact of climate change.

The New Frontier in Price Optimization, with David Simchi-Levi
Hear the latest breakthroughs in the development of pricing models that combine machine learning and optimization to significantly improve revenue and reduce inventory risk.

Digital Disruption: Transforming Your Company for the Digital Economy, with Jeanne Ross
Find out how you can create a digital strategy for your organization that is responsive to ever-changing customer demands, new technology, and organizational learning.

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Tips for networking with your peers while at MIT Sloan Executive Education

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 7 months and 28 days ago

Networking at MIT

There are many reasons to engage in continuing education, including developing core competencies, learning new business skills, or preparing for a new role. However, the benefits of attending executive education programs often extend well beyond the specific skills and frameworks acquired. At MIT Sloan Executive Education, our participants consistently remark on the value of networking with like-minded peers from around the world. And while both our in-person and online programs enable participants to connect and collaborate, our in-person programs—ranging from two days to one month in duration—provide remarkable opportunities for personal connections.

What to expect at MIT

MIT Sloan Executive Education programs are typically held in rooms with tables that seat six to eight participants. Often the tables are round, allowing for a great deal of interaction. Faculty lead exercises that require or encourage table mates to work together. This is an excellent way to meet others in a small, friendly setting. Participants are also often asked to rotate tables, enabling even more interaction.

On the first day of class, breakfast is served in the room where the course is held. Talking to another person as you grab coffee or sit to eat your morning bagel will feel natural. The course breaks for lunch, which is held in the same building where the classes take place, so this is another terrific opportunity to take a seat next to someone you have yet to meet.

In the evening, after the first day of the program, there is a cocktail hour that is held near the classroom. If you missed your chance to talk to someone during the day, this is a very relaxed time to connect with others.

Tips for networking with your peers

If you are planning to enroll in one of our courses, here are a few tips to help you break the ice with the other program participants:

  1. If you're anxious about approaching strangers, just remind yourself that others feel the exact same way! It's often a welcomed relief when one person makes the first overture. Everyone wants to connect with someone else, and it's always nice when someone else takes the initiative to start a conversation.
  2. During breaks, talk to someone who was at your table during class, and bring up a comment that they said during the lecture, or ask them how they like the class so far. Or, sit with someone at lunch and strike up a conversation.

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